By: Kristen Linsalata, News Editor, The Pioneer
“Chasing Ice” directed by Jeff Orlowski is the most captivating documentary about the planet’s rapidly melting glaciers that I have ever seen. The reoccurring images of the receding glaciers from all over the world caused me to think: If glaciers are representative of climate change, then how long will it be before it is too late to save them? How long will it be until we can no longer reverse the damage that we have done to the world? The documentary resoundingly conveys that the answer is now. We have already done irrevocable damage. If we continue on abusing the world and nature in the way we do, then it will be too late for our children, our grandchildren, and our great grandchildren.
One of the most captivating scenes of the documentary was the live footage of the calving of a glacier in Greenland – the longest calving event to ever be caught on film. As I watched the glacier dying slowly at first, then rapidly, I realized the same is true for the rest of our Earth. Because of our abuse, the Earth has been dying a slow death, but now over the last ten years, the effects of climate change and greenhouse gases have been astronomically more evident than it ever has in history.
The part that I enjoyed most was how the documentary addressed the naysayers of global warming. There are certain individuals who claim that climate change is a “myth” and the documentary even showed someone saying that climate change is one of the biggest hoaxes on the American people ever. One of their main arguments against the presence of climate change, according to the documentary, is that some glaciers grow, which wouldn’t be a response to a global warming signal. However, the documentary presented a study where glaciers were studied in the Yukon Territory in Canada from 1958 to 2008, and out of the 1,400 glaciers that were there in 1958, only four grew, over 400 disappeared, and almost all of the remaining glaciers got smaller. These facts are sobering but undeniable when considering the presence of global warming and its effects on our planet.
In “Chasing Ice,” James Balog and his team’s dedication to bringing awareness to this issue is evident. When Balog cried, you wanted to cry with him. This cause obviously means so much to him. But why doesn’t it mean more to our peers? We must remind ourselves that as our planet dies, we die along with it. Balog says in the documentary that we are connected to nature in more ways than we can even conceive and I unequivocally agree. Thank you to LIU Post Sustainability for showing this film and bringing awareness to this very important issue.
Check out the trailer to Chasing Ice below:
To request a future screening of Chasing Ice at LIU Post, please email William.Achnitz@liu.edu.